Tag: Winning Time

Jack McKinney spent just 14 games as the head coach of the LA Lakers at the start if 1979-80 season before he suffered a near-fatal bicycle accident. (Image: Getty)
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The Architect of the Showtime: Who is Jack McKinney from the LA Lakers?

Pat Riley gets a lot of credit for engineering the Showtime-era LA Lakers in the 1980s, but it’s former head coach Jack McKinney who deserves all the credit for introducing run-and-gun offensive concepts that would help lead the Lakers to five championships between 1980 and 1988. McKinney is a former […]

John C. Reilly plays Dr. Jerry Buss, the owner of the Los Angeles Lakers, in the new series "Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty" on HBO. (Image: HBO)
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Jerry Buss, the 1980s Showtime Lakers, and ‘Winning Time’

HBO’s new show “Winning Time” tells the story of the rapid ascension of the Los Angeles Lakers dynasty in the 1980s after real estate impresario Jerry Buss bought the team from previous owner Jack Kent Cooke in 1979. Buss won 10 NBA championships as the owner of the Lakers, beginning […]